I regularly swear never to come back to IMO, because merely scanning the titles
of some of the threads can sicken my heart. But I was led to this thread by comments elsewhere, and I've read it all, and I want to say a few things.
1. Inability to afford vet care is not a reason to euthanize a pet yourself. I'd rather see the animal abandoned at a shelter than put to death, because at least that gives the poor thing half a chance at seeing a vet who may be able to save its life... or who will at least give it a peaceful and painless death.
In an emergency situation, though, with certainty that all hope is gone, and with no vet on hand... then I would support whatever method provides the most painless and/or immediate oblivion. But slitting an animal's throat cannot possibly
be painless, and it horrifies me. Compared to that, even a gunshot seems far preferable -- horrific to us
, yes, but no doubt easier for the animal.
2. As for the question of whether we laymen have the right to assess an animal's condition and choose euthanasia in the first place... the question is absolutely valid, but there is no single answer to it. The circumstances make all the difference.
But certainly we should not jump to conclusions:
-- A friend of mine once had a cat whose jaw was shattered by a car, and the first vet advised euthanasia on the spot. The second vet rebuilt the kitty's face, and the kitty lived another 16 happy years.
-- My nephew's dog had a huge, horrible growth on his chest, but it turned out to be benign and easily removed. The dog is alive and well.
-- I posted awhile back about our Sassy, who sometimes eliminates on our kitchen counter, and someone actually replied that if it was behavioral, all we could do was euthanize her! We did no such thing, of course, and Sassy remains a beloved member of our household. We just make sure we don't put food or utensils directly on the counter.
3. Surely we all agree -- don't we? -- that euthanasia should be our very last
thought, the thing we consider only when no more humane
option can possibly be found.
But how does it feel to have a mangled leg or a violent seizure? Is it so horrific that we would rather die
than suffer with it long enough to seek diagnosis and treatment?
For humans, it's an easy choice -- of course
we want medical science to do all it can to save us!Is it the same for animals?
That's the real question here. I think those of us who would answer that animals are not so different from humans may tend to resist "letting go" a little too long... and those of us who would reply that animals are very
different from humans -- perhaps don't even have souls (a view I cannot
fathom) -- may resort to euthanasia a little too readily.
But we are fallible humans. It's hard enough to know what's right in our own lives, let alone to pass judgment on the actions of other people in other situations. All I know for sure is that Eileen is right:
Originally Posted by eilcon
It's not about me. It's about them.